Country Results

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Malaria Behavior Survey was fielded from March through April 2021. Survey results were analyzed in coordination with the National Malaria Control Program and released in 2022.  The survey was carried out by the Breakthrough ACTION project in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, and several other local organizations.

Study Zones

Survey Zones and Respondents

Individual respondents

Key behaviors at a glance


of children with fever were brought to a facility on the same or the next day after the fever began

  • Perceptions of health workers: Those with the perception that health facility workers treat their patients with respect were 65% more likely to practice prompt and appropriate care-seeking

  • Communication with others about malaria: Women who discussed malaria with others were 90% more likely to seek care for their child with fever within 24 hours at a health facility or with a community health worker.


of respondents used a mosquito net every night of the week

  • Attitudes: Respondents who had positive attitudes towards bed nets increased the odds of consistent use by 144%.

  • Social norms: Respondents who believed that net use was a norm in their community were 1.6 times more likely to consistently use nets.


of pregnant women received three or more doses of IPTp during their last pregnancy

  • Perceived severity: 84% of respondents perceived that the effects of malaria in pregnancy can be serious for the woman and her unborn child.

  • Spousal communication: Among women who had a child in the last two years, only 49% reported that they discussed ANC with their spouse in the last two years.


Results Brief


2022 Results Brief

Survey Report


2022 Survey Report



2022 Questionnaires

MBS datasets can be downloaded from the USAID Development Data Library (DDL). External links are added to this site as datasets are made available.